Special evening of music in Thomaston

Aug 07, 2014
Mark Thallander

Thomaston — Thomaston Baptist Church, 212 Main St./Route 1, will sponsor an evening of music Wednesday, Aug. 20, at 7 p.m. The featured organist will be Mark Thallander, who lives in Palm Springs, Calif., and Ogunquit.

The concert program will feature both organ and piano solos, as well as piano/organ duets. Admission is free; a love offering will be received. The church is handicapped accessible.

He holds a B.A. in Humanities and an M.A. in music. He has done additional graduate study at the University of Southern California. From 1998 to 2002, Thallander was Assistant Professor of Music at Vanguard University of Southern California; and from 2009 to 2011, he was Faculty/Artist-in-Residence at Evangel University in Springfield, Mo. He has given organ concerts on some of the largest pipe organs in the world including the Cathedral Church of St. Luke’s in Portland.

He is perhaps best known for his 18-year tenure of distinguished ministry at The Crystal Cathedral in Garden Grove, Calif., where he was Assistant Director of Music and Organist. In addition to serving in subsequent music-related positions in California churches, he has contributed articles to periodicals including Theology News and Notes; and served as a clinician and organist for national music and worship conferences including the American Guild of Organists.

Thallander has recorded two solo CDs of piano and organ hymn improvisations; and co-authored a book titled “Champions … Plus,” which chronicles his serious automobile accident in August of 2003 that resulted in the amputation of his left arm. From this very traumatic accident and subsequent rehabilitation, he astounds audiences with this concerts fully utilizing both feet and his right arm.

Thallander will share this evening’s musical stage with Glenda Winkle-Morrow, Professor Emeritus of Music at Central Bible College in Springfield, Mo. She also is a member of the American Guild of Organists and performed at last year’s regional conference. Winkle-Morrow began her musical career at age 4, holds an undergraduate degree from Missouri State University, where she was awarded the Lynn Farrar Memorial as Outstanding Senior Music major, and a Master of Music degree in Piano Performance at Northwestern University. She has done post-graduate work at a number of American universities, was well as international institutes at the University of Hawaii and the Hochschule for Music in Graz, Austria.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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